'Gotta Luv it 7 gets ahead but can they hold their kite ? - 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championships2013 - Day 4 finish line'
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A strong breeze is forecast for the penultimate race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour, at the later time of 4.00pm.
PredictWind is showing a breeze at a 21-22kts average at 4.00pm - much stronger than the previous races in the regatta.
The winds are also predicted to swing north as the day progresses.
As of 12.30pm a weather station of Sydney Harbour was reporting winds averaging 24kts gusting 34kts, gusts of up to 37kts had been recorded earlier in the day.
This prognosis has been based on a reference point in the centre of Sydney Harbour, and will obviously vary on the edges of the course
Wind Strength for Sydney Harbour from two PredictWind feeds - February 23, 2013 - PredictWind.com
Wind Direction for Sydney Harbour from two PredictWind feeds - February 23, 2013 - PredictWind.com
Wind Wind strength and direction map for Sydney Harbour at 1600hrs - February 23, 2013 - PredictWind.com
Developed by former Olympian, Jon Bilger (470, 1992), PredictWind application was used by the Swiss team Alinghi to win the 2003 and 2007 America's Cups, and has become the leading wind system used by racing and recreational sailors around the world. It is available on a subscription basis and also with a free forecast option.
A mobile app for Andriod and iPhone is available and PredictWind is probably the most used app on the Sail-World iPhone.
Real time local wind observations have been added as further functionality.
You can check the weather anywhere in the world, and get a five day forecast, plus a variety of other features and functions of PredictWind. The app is synchronised with your PC, so that your latest set of locations are always available without resetting each time you change a device.
Viewing the JJ Giltinan 18 Ft Skiffs:
Spectator ferries will follow each of the seven races in the championship, leaving Double Bay Wharf 30 minutes before the start of each race. Races 1 and 6 (Saturdays 16 and 23 February) start at 4pm while all other races start at 3pm.
Races 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will be sailed on 17, 19, 20, 21 and 24 February.
For those who can’t make it onto the spectator ferry, there are many ways to follow the championship:
Live Tracking: click here
Video Coverage and ‘Pick-the-Podium’: click here
For the official leaderboard: click here
by Richard Gladwell
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